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Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community Advocates

By: Inclusive Development International

Over the last 10 years, China has become one of the most important investors in the world. In 2015, official outbound investment flows from China reached a record high of almost US$146 billion, second only to the United States.This investment is reaching all corners of the globe, with Chinese companies and financial institutions active in both developed and developing countries on every continent. Chinese companies play various roles in overseas projects, from research and design to construction, development and operation. Chinese banks and investment funds make many overseas projects possible by providing loans, foreign currency, insurance and equity investments.

This guide explains these guidelines and provides practical advice on how they can be used in advocacy with relevant Chinese actors and institutions. The aim of this guide is to help civil society organizations and community advocates gain an improved understanding of Chinese investors and China-led finance institutions and the guidelines, policies and standards that apply to their overseas operations. It is hoped that the information and ideas contained here will help community advocates protect the rights of project affected people, and in cases where harm does occur, that remedies are provided.